Respite care at home is a short term care package that means a person can be cared for in their beloved home by a dedicated and experienced carer whilst a family carer is afforded time away from their role of caring to catch up and protect their own wellbeing.

It is far less disruptive and unsettling for your loved one to receive respite care as a live-in care arrangement in the comfort of their home, rather than enduring the upheaval of moving out into a care home for a short period of time. This can be incredibly upsetting for someone in their later years, particularly if they are living with a condition, like dementia where familiarity is so important.


There are over 6.5 million family carers caring for loved ones and family members throughout the country. As a trusted and established respite home care provider, Oxford Aunts has been providing respite care to thousands of families across Oxfordshire and beyond for over 50 years. Families use our service for the following reasons:

  • Family carers who may need a break from caring for a loved one and are finding it a challenge to keep up with their own commitments and balance day-to-day life with their caring duties can have the time they need to catch up.
  • Respite care may be just the answer if you require convalescence care or rehabilitation following an illness, medical emergency or elected surgery.
  • When a holiday or short break away is needed and a family carer knows that they cannot leave their loved one alone.
  • Respite care can be used to try live-in care for the first time to see how it works practically and how their loved one may respond to a carer living full time in their home.
  • A number of respite bookings can be scheduled over a period of time that allow a family carer to proactively plan short breaks to rest ready to take on their caring duties feeling recharged, with the confidence that their loved one is well known to Oxford Aunts. This means they will receive excellent carer matching and, in some instances, have the same carer providing consistency of care for your loved one.


There are several types of respite care available:

  • Live-in respite care: an experienced and dedicated Oxford Aunts carer comes and lives with you in your home to provide you with the care and support you need, with as much independence, choice and dignity as possible.
  • Visiting care: A carer will visit your home throughout the week to provide you with the care and support you need on an hourly basis.
  • Day care centre: There are centres available where a person can receive dedicated care throughout the day whilst socialising and participating in scheduled activities. At the end of the day, all of the participants return home for the evening.


At Oxford Aunts, we make it as straightforward as possible to organise a respite care service with us. You can begin by getting in touch with our friendly and approachable team. They will be able to discuss your care needs and arrange for a free, no-obligation home assessment for you.

During the home assessment, one of our expert care assessors will meet with you and your family to discuss your care needs. This will allow our care assessor to create a highly personalised plan of care that will ensure all your needs are met. Once you have approved the plan of care, we will confirm in writing the level of care we will provide and the weekly cost.

We will then work with you to find you the right carer that is experienced to meet not just your specific care needs but is aligned with your background, interests and values as well.

Once a care plan is in place, we continue to provide unrivalled levels of support to you, your family and our carer to ensure the highest standards of live-in care are delivered from day one.


Our costs of care for a respite is subject to a full assessment of your loved one’s needs. We also offer discounts for a repeat or for a series of respite bookings. It is worth considering that live-in respite care is comparable to the care offered in a quality care home, with all the compelling benefits of staying in the comfort, familiarity and safety of your own home and surroundings


Our experienced and dedicated carer will provide you with everything you need to lead a good quality of life. Our respite care in Oxford is for a minimum of two weeks and covers everything from compassionate companionship to care of complex conditions, like dementia, Multiple Sclerosis or Parkinson’s or for those who need cancer care, stroke care or palliative care.

An Oxford Aunts’ carer will provide a range of live-in care services in the comfort of your home including:

We know how important companionship is in our later years. Our compassionate and respectful carer will be matched to not only meet your care needs, but we look to match backgrounds and interests. We know this makes for a fulfilling and pleasurable way of life based on friendship and companionship. Whilst respecting your privacy, our carer is trained to support your psychological and emotional needs too.

Our carers are trained in management of medications, which is so important in supporting someone to live well in later life. They will proactively monitor and administer medications, ensuring they are effectively managed and any prescription required is ready as and when you need it.

Whilst personal care relates to undertaking the day-to-day tasks of caring, including washing, bathing and getting dressed and undressed, it also considers a person’s confidence and self-esteem. There is nothing better than having freshly painted nails, or your hair styled how you like it – our carers will make sure you feel tip top every day.

Oxford Aunts carers have a strong understanding of falls prevention and how conditions can impact on mobility. In conjunction with our experienced Care Assessors, and liaison with multi-disciplinary teams, such as Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists, we can ensure you receive the correct equipment at home. This will be life enriching and enable you to feel safe and secure when moving around your home.

Your live-in carer will carefully plan all your meals and will shop for the groceries as needed. They will then cook healthy, nutritious and enjoyable food, taking into account your likes and dislikes. Many of our clients and carers enjoy cooking together as a shared past time. Unlike a care home, you will be able to eat as and when you like.

At Oxford Aunts we know how important it is that you keep connected to your local community – whether it is a local community group you have attended for years, a stroll around a much-loved shop or sitting peacefully in a local park – our committed carers will facilitate your enjoyment outside of the home and support you to do as much as you wish.

With isolation a concern as we get older, our proactive carers will facilitate you having visitors as and when you wish. Whether it is a catch up with friends, or a family occasion or celebration our carer will meet all your socialisation needs so you can enjoy life at home.

Our carer will make sure your home is clean, tidy and well-kept to the standards you should expect. Everything from dusting, cleaning, vacuuming, washing and ironing to light garden work – our carer will ensure your home is looking its very best every day.

We know how important a much-loved pet is and how difficult caring for it may be when faced with other health concerns that are impacting day to day life. With an Oxford Aunts carer you can be assured that you pet will be well cared for, whilst you continue to get all the benefits and enjoyment from your beloved pet in your own home, as you always have.




We have been providing care services throughout Oxfordshire and its surrounding counties for over 50 years. Located in the heart of Oxford, our reputation is built on high standards of live-in care, local expertise and approach to care delivery that is trusted by families throughout our community and beyond. We are proud to have cared for thousands of people since 1967 enabling them to stay safely and happily in the comfort of their own home, whilst providing much-needed peace of mind for their families.


Unlike other local live-in care providers, we are experts in caring for people living with a range of complex conditions, as well as providing companionship care. These conditions include dementia, Parkinson’s and Multiple Sclerosis (MS) or for those recovering from a stroke or needing cancer care, respiratory care or palliative/end-of-life care. Our approach to matching our carers with our clients means the carer we place with you will have been trained in the specific condition you are living with and will enable you to live a better quality of life, with independence and choice. We work closely with local healthcare professionals to support and facilitate a multidisciplinary approach to care, so you have the specific care you need as and when you need it.


All our carers have previous experience of care as we know this means they have the aptitude to deliver the high-quality, live-in care service we are renowned for. We are proud that a number of our dedicated care team have been working for us for many years. This enables us to really understand their expertise, skills and personalities which delivers a more effective matching process and evidences their commitment to caring for our clients. Once a carer comes to live with you and depending on your requirements, they will typically stay with you for several weeks or more, which means they truly understand your overall needs and how you wish to live your life, whilst offering deep-rooted companionship and continuity of care.


Oxford Aunts is a regulated service, which means the quality of its care is regulated by The Care Quality Commission (CQC), the regulator for health and social care in England, something introduction home care agencies are not. We are delighted that our service has been rated by CQC as a ‘Good’ service in all five measures – safe, caring, effective, responsive and well-led. We know this provides families with peace of mind that their loved one is receiving the best possible care.

Our senior management team have extensive experience of delivering quality and compliance across the care sector, which means they continually monitor quality and drive service improvements in all we do.

Our service is fully managed, which means you will have exceptional support from local managers and assessors near you who understand the local area and how to access other services you may require to provide the care you need. Our 24/7 out of hours support means we are on hand to support you, your family and our carers in an emergency. With an introduction agency, who simply introduces you to a carer for you to manage, this level of support is left for the family, which can be a real burden both practically and emotionally.


Our costs of care for a respite is subject to a full assessment of your loved one’s needs. We also offer discounts for a repeat or for a series of respite bookings. It is worth considering that live-in respite care is comparable to the care offered in a quality care home, with all the compelling benefits of staying in the comfort, familiarity and safety of your own home and surroundings.


Call our friendly and approachable team today to see how we can help you and your family.

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